I’ll have a brief blogging hiatus at about 3:00 EST, when I go to get ashes placed on my forehead. But I don’t plan to miss much.

Here are some midday news/views treats that don’t necessarily meet Lenten requirements:

* The Prospect‘s Abby Rapoport, who knows Texas, scolds the MSM even more than I did for its superficial coverage of yesterday’s primaries in the Lone Star State.

* In another item on Texas, MoJo’s Andy Kroll touts Democratic Lt. Gov. nominee Leticia Van de Putte as possibly a bigger star than Wendy Davis, in no small part because she has a better chance of winning in November.

* HuffPost’s Michael Calderone, details the large defections from WaPo to Ezra Klein’s new journalistic “Project X.”

* Kevin Drum takes due credit as a prophet after Vatican unveils glossy new fanzine for Pope Francis.

* Slate‘s Fred Kaplan argues Putin made big strategic blunder using force to acquire an outcome in Ukraine he might have obtained via elections.

And in non-political news:

* Bad news for Florida alligators: Australian python swallows crocodile whole.

As we break for lunch, here’s a recording of St. Thomas Aquinas’ great Lenten chant, “Pange Lingua Gloriosi.” Anglicans have an English version entitled “Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.